Sunday, May 09, 2010

The similarities between teacher culture and police culture

I was a teacher all my working life, so I'm not terribly knowledgeable about the workplace culture of other occupations.

People have compared teacher culture to high school "mean girls" culture.

But I've been amazed at how similar teacher culture is to police culture. Here is a story that made me think I'd feel at home in a station house:

The NYPD Tapes: Inside Bed-Stuy's 81st Precinct

I've known two main types of teachers, the nurturing type, and the policing type. But all types are asked to present a superficial appearance that is often not compatible with the truth, and to engage in actions that are not compatible with teaching children.

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